BOISE – More than 130 people in 38 countries have contracted the consumption of salmonella contaminated Kratom.
"There were eight cases in Idaho," said Idaho Health and Social Affairs spokeswoman, Niki Forbing-Orr. "I know that one person had to go to the hospital and fortunately no deaths."
Salmonella can have serious side effects if left untreated. Symptoms include cramping, fever and diarrhea.
"The disease usually lasts four to seven days and many people recover without treatment," said Forbing-Orr. "They just suffer from it somehow."
Kratom is a plant that people use to relieve pain, combat fatigue, and some even use it as an opioid substitute to recover from an addiction.
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Public health officials say those who have become ill have consumed the contaminated kratom as tablets, powders or in tea
recall for some kratom products that may be contaminated.
The American Kratom Association sent a statement to KTVB, in part:
"With the recent Salmonella contamination of certain Kratom products, AKA continues to stress the importance of adequate testing. The FDA has an important role to play in collaborating with AKA and the members of the kratom community to ensure kratom products are not contaminated by salmonella or other harmful agents. "
Health and Welfare says the contaminated products currently do not come from a single supplier or brand, and that's why they're asking people to avoid everything until the outbreak is over.
"People have gotten their products from various merchants in several different states," said Forbing-Orr. "They ordered it online, so it's best to avoid these products with kratom."
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